3dmov lives in your
/demos/ directory, waiting
patiently for its chance to show off. Reading the documentation in that
"3dmov is a 3D Kit application which allows you to
manipulate 3D objects in real-time, and to drag images and movies onto
those interactive 3D objects."
What it doesn't explain is:
"3dmov is a great way to show off the BeOS to your friends
and co-workers who look at your computer running the BeOS as if someone
just asked them to handle a dead fish and ask 'But what's so good about the
BeOS anyway?' in that whiny sort of voice that reminds you of the guy who
used to sit behind you in programming class and demanded to know why he
shouldn't name his variables after his thirty-seven cats."
Sure, you could (and should) espouse the benefits of a modern
multi-threaded, symmetric multiprocessing OS, but as they say, a picture is
worth a thousand words. And 3dmov is worth a googolplex of words. So as you
weave your tale of an OS designed from the ground up for digital media,
slide your cursor on over to the demos folder and launch 3dmov.
Witness, the amazing gray spinning cube! Wait, don't go away -- there's
more! Now take some images, (there are a bunch conveniently located in
/optional/images/) and drop them onto the faces of the
cube. The images will render in real-time on the faces of the cube. Ok,
that is better than a spinning gray cube, but probably won't shock anyone
into having a heart attack. So now drop some movies
/optional/movies/) onto the cube and watch as the
movies play at normal speed while being rendered onto the cube in
real-time. Oohhh! Aahhh!
3dmov is more than a cube, however. From the Options menu, select Book.
The book is a favorite of the Be Demo Gods for good reason. You can "grab"
the book, turn it and angle it. Plus you can turn the pages and they will
curve and fall just like one of those old-fashioned paper books. Play
around with the book and turning the pages at various speeds. Then, drop
some movies on the pages. Now when you turn the pages the movies render (in
real-time, of course) to the curve of the page. Lift up a page halfway and
not only does the movie continue playing, but you can see the movie playing
on the page below it.
Of course, the rest of the BeOS remains responsive while you do this.
Menus respond and switching to other applications is trivial. In fact, I
have four movies in my 3dmov book as I write this. There are more choices
under 3dmov's Options menu. Explore them and you'll be ready to show
off the power of the BeOS at any time.